Our department is dedicated to reducing the spread of COVID-19.
We have instructed our volunteers to adhere to the following guidance from the Center for Disease Control*:
Stay home if they are sick.
Wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
Avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when they cough or sneeze or use the inside of their elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash and immediately wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
Clean AND disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using products that meet EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2.
Avoid using other volunteer’s phones, radios, or other work tools and equipment, when possible and if necessary, clean and disinfect them before and after use.
Instructions for CVFD volunteers going on calls during this time.
Hand sanitizer is now provided in the cab of all 7 CVFD vehicles. It is located on the driver’s side (door panel or dash) in a pink dispenser.
We recommend using the hand sanitizer before, during (depending on duration), and after all calls (of all types) that the CVFD has during this period of time during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A disinfectant spray and paper towels are provided in the fire hall office. We request that the vehicles used in any type of response are to be cleaned with this spray. Every surface inside the cab of the vehicle is to be wiped down thoroughly after each call.
Follow guidelines provided for all CVFD volunteers as well as the following:
We recommend that EMS personnel ONLY go inside residences or businesses during medical calls. (no drivers or assistants unless mandatory).
See attached flow chart for COVID or possible COVID patients.
The following information has been provided to the CVFD from the SAFD via Chief Fisher.
Possible patient with COVID-19 Guidance
First Responders who will directly care for a patient with possible COVID-19 infection or who will be in the compartment with the patient should follow Standard, Contact, and Airborne Precautions, including the use of eye protection. Recommended PPE includes:
- N-95 when available or surgical mask
- Eye protection (goggles/face shield)
- Gown/coveralls if patient is coughing/sneezing
Encounter with the patient:
- Minimal contact with crews and limit your personnel being exposed the best you can, (keep at least 6 feet away while doing your assessment)
- Give a mask (surgical) to a family member to place on the patient, If possible
- If patient is ambulatory and able to meet you outside have them do that
- Notify dispatch of any pertain information that might need to be relayed
- Withhold aerosol generating procedures (Intubation, Neb treatment, CPAP) if possible COVID-19 patient is suspected.
- Use nasal cannula over a non-re-breather if possible
- If you must use a non-re-breather, due to a nasal cannula not getting their O2 saturation up, stay at least 6 feet away from the patient while they are on the non-re-breather and preferably outside if possible.